Péché Mortel | Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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Péché MortelPéché Mortel

Brewed by:
Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Quebec, Canada

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Péché Mortel (French for "Mortal Sin") is an intensely black and dense beer with very pronounced roasted flavours. Fair trade coffee is infused during the brewing process, intensifying the bitterness of the beer and giving it a powerful coffee taste. Péché mortel is brewed to be savored; we invite you to drink it in moderation.

This stout style, high in alcohol and bitterness in order to favour preservation, was historically brewed to support the long and arduous voyage necessary to export the beer from England to Russia. The word Imperial comes from the fact that the beer was specially brewed for the Russian tsar’s court.

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Photo of Sammy
4.2/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark coffee, coffee aroma with some booziness and tiny head. Bottle from Dr. Jay via Sam's in Chicago. Smooth and medium mouthfeel, tasty, some richness. A bit overrated. A speeedway stout caffeine and alcohol melange. A bit of lace on way down. Understated carbonation. 2005 bottled.

Worked as the clear winner, on cask at Volo cafe in fall 2006 and that is my ranking. Coffee aroma, and thick chocolate coffee was superb.

Cask on in fall 2007 was way too much coffee grinds and did not work.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.57/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an absolute pitch black with a huge 3 inch beige head that fades to a small cap. Very nice rings of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smells strongly of fresh brewed coffee with some roasted malt and cocoa powder. Coffee is definitely the dominant smell and this is one of the best coffee stouts I have smelled. Taste is of Hershey's chocolate syrup infused with fresh roasted coffee beans. The roasted coffee bitterness is very noticeable after each sip. Mouthfeel is very thick, creamy, and smooth. Very rich and heavy. Overall, this is a fantastic stout with an unbelievable coffee aroma and taste that is just delicious.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

an amazing stout, worthy of its high status, but i almost like aphrodite more, with the vanilla and cocoa nibs. the coffee in this one is robust, rich and thick, wildly bitter, but still in reasonable proportion to the stout, in other words, it still tastes like a beer above coffee. deep dark brown in color, dense, and showing very little light. an inch of creamy mocha foam, like the top of a good espresso. the drink starts out with that coffee bitterness which transitions into malt bitterness from the dark barley. its not overly complex, but it doesnt need to be, and i think thats part if its charm, its simplicity and streamlined elegance for being such a big stout. alcohol is entirely absent from the flavor profile too. it has a hit of sweetness to balance the bitter right before the finish, and a clean finish for what this is. dense texture but somehow soft in feel, again, like properly made espresso. full bodied, just enough carbonation. overall an incredibly satisfying stout, expertly made, and brought home for a very reasonable price. i wish this was available on the market all the time. rich and delicious.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.91/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew poured out as a jet black liquid, the head was thick at first and a little foamy. The head leaves a good lacing. The smell of coffee and roasted malts are on the nose. The taste is very bitter and has a light sweetness upfront, the aftertaste was dry and bitter. The mouthfeel was oily thick making this one a sipper. Overall I found this beer to be quite good.

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Photo of metter98
4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is nearly jet black in color (a slight bit of red is visible near the edge of the glass when it is held up to the light) and has a thin creamy beige head. A light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are aromas of coffee and espresso beans in the nose.
T: Like the smell, flavors of coffee and espresso beans stand out in the taste, which has a slight amount of sweetness and a hint of bitterness. Unlike the bottled version, roasted flavors are not very noticeable.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and incredibly smooth and creamy; the smoothness of the beer on-tap really sets it apart from the bottled version.
D: The beer goes down very smooth and tastes like creamy espresso. I could sip this beer all night long and will definitely try this again if I can find it on-tap because it tastes even better than it does in a bottle.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Peche Mortel has been one of the more illusive beers for me. A friend who made the trip to Asheville, NC brought this back for me.

Unknowingly, I decanted, er... plopped the beer into the chalice and watched the mousse-like head form to the point that the 12oz. bottle wouldn't fit. As I take the first few sips, the beer never relinquishes the head and leaves multiple rings of lacing behind. The beer is a dark brown-black and opaque as they come. An ideal look.

Very bold aromas of French Roast coffe, nutty-almond-ish scents, as well as cocoa, heavy cream, anise, and a hint of alcohol swirl about the glass. Very appetizing and inviting.

Coffee, cocoa, and roasted malts combine into a well balanced flood of flavor. The beer never favors any one character but the blend of them all give a subtle yet bold balance. Light favors of oats, heavy cream, licorce, and chocolate brownies are a few of the descriptors that make this beer special.

The body is remarkably smooth, silky, and light in comparison to thicker gravity bombs. The coffee bitterness amplifies the grassy-piney hop bitterness and questions whether it is too much for the relatively moderate weight. The beer lightens into a fluid and palatable finish with a linger of coffee and cocoa deep into the aftertaste. Dangerously drinkable for a 9.5%er.

I really appreciate the beer for focusing on the delicacy of flavor instead of the kick-in-the-teeth agression for which more recent Imperial Stouts are acclaimed. Though nothing is wrong with the beer, a more complex fruity character throughout would have made it a solid 5 across the board. Good luck finding a more pleasant drinking experience... with any beer.

Thanks RyanC84

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Photo of biboergosum
4.38/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

341ml bottle. The shelves of my local bottleshop (really there is only one in this burg) were recently invaded by the offerings of this microbrewery from la Belle Province. Due to the dear six-pack price (what, no Free Trade within our own freaking country?), I decided to forestall investigation of the other mixed packs, to finally have a go at this. What is it with the Quebecois brewers and their predilection with the Christian afterworld? Oh, right.

This beer pours a total and complete black hole, destroyer of light, nothing from the Crayola spectrum even permissible at the edges, with three fingers of vigorous, thick, and yet frothy tan head, which leaves a broad array of chunky and sudsy lacing around the glass as it slowly recedes.

It smells strongly, in no uncertain terms, of your local Italian coffee shop's espresso, bittersweet dark chocolate, roasted caramel malt, a twinge of boozy vanilla, some mild anise-heavy ouzo notes, and musty, leafy, and earthy hops. The taste is bitter espresso up front, once again, hefty chocolate malt dutifully following up, and instantly coating the palate, and then slowly dropping away to reveal some soft, dry black licorice, and nicely pedestrian earthy, and kind of dusty hops. A skulking, yet benevolently restrained booze warming hangs about, poking its nose in here and there.

The carbonation is very mild, the body a stately Rubenesque form, with an attendant creamy smoothness, one hardly even surmountable by the swirling booze notes. It finishes rather softly, really, with a slightly adult, fruity-chocolate holiday treat essence.

A lovely, let you down easy imbiber, in the sense that it makes you forget the initial full-frontal, and maybe overbearing flavour assault, so that you immediately plunge in for another go-round, and...repeat, until you're surprised the glass is empty, and the booze you didn't notice at all before decides to fully join the party. Worthy of its rep, and probably a lot more. Mon dieu, et d'habitude, je n'aime pas même de café!

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Photo of brentk56
4.58/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours an exquisite black color with a stack of tiny tan bubbles that retain like cappuccino foam and leave dancing shards of lace around the glass

Smell: Rich espresso, with undertones of chocolate, vanilla and scorched raisins

Taste: Opens with an espresso flavor that builds a chocolatey, but fruity, presence through mid-palate; after the swallow, a changing bitter complexity springs the additional flavors of vanilla and burnt tobacco, but the overall effect is just a really bitter cup of espresso

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and creamy with modest carbonation

Drinkability: A supurb beer that I have been sitting on for about two years since I purchased it from Brawley's; bottled 8/05

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Photo of largadeer
4.37/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Black with a slight opacity as it thins - it looks much like espresso. The head falls flat a bit quickly, reducing to a small ring.

Smell - Intensely bold espresso with a touch of burnt toast.

Taste - Like a cappuccino with 80% espresso and 20% milk. It has a touch of sweetness, but the coffee flavor is intense and consuming, pushing the malt to the background. The burnt bready character from the aroma carries over, leaving an acrid, drying bitterness on the palate long after you've swallowed.

Mouthfeel - Rich, silky and deceptively drinkable.

Notes - A great coffee stout, one of the best I've tried.

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Photo of kojevergas
4.16/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33cl brown glass bottle with twist off cap served into a Fort Collins Brewing pilsner glass in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live.

A: Pours a two finger head of wonderful cream lacing, great thickness, and excellent retention for the ABV. Colour is a solid black.

Sm: Coffee, caramel, oak (?), mocha, and some smoke. Maybe some roast. A pretty strong aroma.

T: Heavy coffee, with some mocha and cream about the climax. Very intricately subtle, if a bit simple. Caramel and light roast are also pleasant. Nicely layered. Its strength is its subtlety.

Mf: Smooth, wet, silky, velvety, and above all else delightfully creamy. Complements the flavours quite nicely.

Dr: Extremely drinkable for the ABV, resembling a good cup of mocha coffee. I like it a lot, and it's fairly priced in New York (where the bottle was acquired). I'd like this on-draught (or even nitro-draught).

12.21.14: Revisiting this gem of a beer. Bottled March 2012. Let's see how she drinks at 2.5 years.

Served cold into a Guinness goblet and allowed to warm over the course of consumption.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 2.5 finger wide luscious khaki colour head. Gorgeously creamy, full, and soft-looking, with fantastic thickness and a great complexion and even consistency. No lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as it recedes. Retention is stunning - easily 15 minutes or more; the head remained to the last sip - what a rarity.

BODY: Opaque ink-black, with no visible yeast or sediment.

Overall, a great looking imperial stout. I have seen richer deeper heads.

AROMA: Decadent coffee with a subtle espresso-like roast, mocha and java aromatics, dark malts, milk chocolate, chocolate malts, and rich cocoa. The coffee is incredibly evocative and anything but one-dimensional, pairing beautifully with the exquisite roasted barley aromatics. It's on the sweeter side for a coffee stout, though, even evoking fudge.

No booze/alcohol, syrup, or burnt notes are present, making this a seemingly very well balanced imperial stout. Aromatic intensity is mild.

Just mouthwatering. Definitely evokes a dessert beer more than say, a breakfast stout.

TASTE/TEXTURE: The creamy flavour of this beer is easily the best of its kind I've ever tasted, and paired with the mocha makes the beer sing. The flavour profile is a teasing push-pull of its silky cream & mocha notes and its drier coarser roasted barley and coffee roast notes. The result is a damn near flawless harmony of flavour with unrivaled depth and balance. Wow.

Carbonation is perfect, and it's aptly smooth and wet. Excellent presence on the palate. One may think the coffee would fade after two and a half years, but it's luxurious - and is complemented beautifully by the sweet milk chocolate notes. The dark malt and chocolate malt foundation never tastes cloying, and ties the beer together into a gooey cohesive gestalt wonder. Incredible flavour depth. Perfect flavour intensity (moderate). The sweetness lingers into the aftertaste, coaxing the drinker into craving the next sip for the roast.

As it warms, still more flavours emerge: chocolate syrup (Hershey's comes to mind), subtle caramel, brownies, still more nuanced chocolatey notes, and marshmallow.

Intricate, subtly executed, nuanced...this is how an imperial coffee stout is done. An there's no booze, yeast, off-notes, or pesky hop character.

Its gooey s'more-like feel is just fantastic.

What a hell of a brew. Why don't I buy this more often?

OVERALL: It's turned into a real treat with age, and I'd say this just about peaks in the 2-3 year window. Easily one of the best coffee imperial stouts on the market, if not one of the best imperial stouts period. I'll definitely need to nab a bottle of the barrel aged variant. It's hard to imagine this much better. Perhaps the best Canadian-brewed beer of all time, and absolutely a must-try in the style.

High A-

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Photo of emerge077
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 08/2005, cellared for a year.

I've been waiting to try this one, based on recommendations to let it mellow a tiny bit.

Pour a deep mahogany hue, pitch black in the pint glass. Billowing head, irregular bubbles, later subsides but never disappears.

Smell is rich coffee, also a touch sweet. Maybe a lactic note in there too.

Taste lives up to the hype. It's full, rich, and strong. Resiny fair-trade coffee grinds, mixed with a dense roasted malt. Alternately bitter and roasty, with a sweet flash in between. This isn't especially complex, but it's a perfectly symbiotic marriage of coffee and stout. The richness is unsurpassed in my coffee stout experience.

Mouthfeel is full and velvety, lives up to the price tag. No harshness, alcohol is expertly hidden.

Due to it's overwhelming qualities, one bottle is enough in one sitting. Worth trying once in a lifetime...

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a huge foamy head with excellent retention and some nice lacing notes. Aroma consists of espresso type coffee with some notes of black chocolate. Taste is a well balance mix between some sweet and roasted malt with a dominant taste of espresso coffee with some notes of black chocolate. Very well balance overall with a full body and a creamy texture. Not cloying or overly dry in any way and alcohol is not apparent.

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Photo of zeff80
4.54/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review #1000. It was certainly worth it.

A - Poured out an opaque, dark, dark brown color with scarlet hints. It had a thick, long lasting, caramel-colored head that left sticky, wide rings of lace on the glass.

S - Aroma was amazing. I could smell the coffee notes without even putting my nose near the glass. Also, notes of molasses and maple syrup sweetness.

T - Coffee is the dominant flavor mixed with chocolate, toffee and roasted malt.

M - It was soft, smooth and creamy. A medium-bodied beer that is a slow sipper.

D - This beer was worthy of the hype. I am not a coffee drinker, but this was outstanding. If coffee tasted this good I might take up the habit.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

G: Poured into an oversized brandy snifter.

A: Dark chocolate color that is nearly opaque out of the bottle during the pour and becomes completely so in the glass. Pours about a finger's worth of creamy, tan head, which dissipates rather quickly, leaving a bubbly black surface. Quite a bit of lacing remains as it goes down (or, towards the beginning, after a swirl).

S: Sweetness with a little bit of acidity. Cherries come to mind, along with a little bit of chocolate. After inhaling deeply, these scents almost immediately bow down to the powerful coffee/espresso presence.

T: Strong and unbelievably-tasty coffee presence! Smooth notes of caramel and chocolate, with a little of the aforementioned dark cherries. Slightly roasted and a little bitter.

M: Incredibly smooth and medium-to-full bodied. Not too much carbonation, and the alcohol is well hidden, although it is felt on the cheeks.

D: A little too strong and pungent to be excessively drinkable, although it is still quite drinkable for its style. All in all, this is an excellent offering and I'm quite glad I was able to finally get my hands on some.

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Photo of mothman
4.08/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into New Belgium Globe Glass

Pours a 1 and a half finger dark dark tan head. Very full and think. Wow! Color is a like a black hole. I couldn't see anything through the glass, even when held up to the light. Good head retention and splattered lace.

Aroma is very chocolately, coffee, and mocha. A lot of malt aroma. The 9.5% abv is present here.

Taste is very deep and dense. Dark chocolate, coffee, roasty malts. This kind of tastes like hot chocolate that is not hot. The alcohol is also present. I also taste some sort of hops, but it is masked from all the malts.

Mouthfeel comes off with a bitter bite, then gets a little more smooth. A little booze comes through but not that much. The end finish is very clean, almost too clean. Carbonation is good.

Overall, this one is a sipper. Very complex AND filling. Very flavorful and I really enjoyed the coffee. I don't think I could enjoy two of these in one sitting.

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Photo of nickfl
4.6/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - The body is black, with no light showing through. The medium brown head recedes quickly but leaves nice lace.

S - Great aroma of coffee and chocolate with a hint of smoke. Slightly nutty caramel and light hops.

T - Rich, nutty chocolate flavor with a round coffee character. Smooth malt with lots of dark caramel in the middle. Slight hop character comes out in the finish with more dark chocolate and lingering smoke.

M - A smooth creamy body, moderately low carbonation, and a relatively dry finish.

D - Very good. A great, complex dark malt character that never becomes cloying or harsh and allows the beer to be an unusually drinkable example of the style. This is a wonderful beer that lives up to its hype.

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Photo of oberon
4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Split this among a few friends last night in celebration of the Hockeytown boys winning Lord Stanley's cup.Poured a jet black with a thinner creamy dark tan colored head,aromas obviously had deep dark roast coffee tones mixed with dark fruit and a hint of bitter chocolate.Mas what a silky smooth mouthfeel this is what make a very good beer a great beer no faults to its mouthfeel whatsoever.Flavors are rich but not overly so,smooth dark coffee and dark chocolate like a mocha espresso with a hint of spiced rum in the finish.A fantastic brew to end a fantastic night.

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Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.5 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled in 7/2015. Pours pitch black color with a 1 finger dense tan head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big dark roasted coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, toast, dark bread, light smoke/char, and herbal/roasted earthiness. Fantastic aromas with awesome complexity and balance of dark/roast/bready malts, coffee, and moderate earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of huge dark roasted coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, toast, dark bread, light smoke/char, and herbal/roasted earthiness. Large amount of herbal/pine/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark roasted coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, toast, dark bread, and herbal/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts, coffee, and moderate earthy hop flavors; with a nice roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Good amount of dryness from roasted bitterness as well. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/sticky, and lightly silky/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic Russian imperial coffee stout. All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, coffee, and moderate earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of jlindros
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've had this many times, and I looove it. Can't believe I've never reviewed it before.

It pours with a nice thick dark 1 finger fluffy head that leaves some memory of lacing on the sides. The beer is essentially pitch black, and leaves some nice legs on the sides of the glass.

THe nose brings all the great stuff you would expect. Lots of dark malts, some caramel, plenty of roasted barley, some chocolate, bakers chocolate and a little bitter dark chocolate. It has a slight sweetness aroma to it as well, accentuated by some caramel and hint of vanilla. There is some oatmeal as well, and a creamy touch. Also got plenty of coffee, and earthy fresh roasted somewhat dark roasted coffee bean. Even a hint of some spicy earthy hops, but not much.

Taste is transcending! Creamy, with a slight chocolate milk, plenty of dark and bakers chocolate. Also lots of malts, plenty of roasted barley, chocolate malt, and some crystal malt. A little caramel flavor and some sweetness, but not a lot. More oatmeal blends with the creamy taste. It does have a slight minerality flavor from the roast, but is very manageable for the heavieness of the beer. It's got some bitterness, a little from the roast and some light earthy hops I think. Also the coffee is there, some nice earthy soil like roasted coffee, but the coffee flavor is lower. It's pretty rich and thick, creamy, smooth, delicate on the tongue but clings to the mouth. The finish comes with more of the smooth luscious feel and taste, with a little stickiness to the mouth. More bitterness comes through, with slight hops and plenty of earthy roast bitterness. Unfortunately the minerality and salty brine quality comes through more on the finish. A slight warming booze as well, but that is very manageable for 9.5%.

The mouth is nice and rich, pretty thick, smooth and creamy, with decent carbonation.

It doesn't have the best drinkability. It does get help for drinking like a 6-7% abv beer and not 9.5, but the bitterness comes out a little too much, and the briny salty flavor takes quite a bit from it. It also doesn't cling to the mouth as much as I expected, which also helps the drinkability. Althought, I think the age of this one helps, being about 1.5 to 2 years old, so it doesn't drink as hot as a fresh one would.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.34/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A; Pours black with a thin (1/4") mocha head with fades to leave clumpy lace.

N: Coffee and roast with some vanilla and wood, earth and dark fruit.

T: Coffee dominates with an intensity of espresso, roast, dark chocolate/cocoa.

M: Full body and semi-moderate carbonation. Thick and creamy. Roasty finish.

O: Rich and expansive with a mild sweetness.

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Photo of chinchill
4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

11/5 oz bottle date notched at 4 and 5 or 6(?) served in a St. Bernardus snifter at an initial temperature of about 50F. .
Poured very dark brown color, looking nearly black in the glass, with a moderate size tan head than soon died to a lasting but partial top coat. Leaves the sides the glass well coated with lace after each sip.

The aroma was loaded with coffee and sweet dark roasted malts. Occasional hints of dark and milk chocolate, as well as vanilla. Not much alcohol present in the aroma of this 9.5% ABV ale, but enough to add some interesting overtones. The rich coffee was a bit too much like used coffee grinds as opposed to fresh ground beans.

T: not surprised to find a pronounced black coffee flavor mixed with a full load of dark roasted malts. Intense, but not at all challenging due, in part, to the excellent sweet/bitter balance. No burnt, charcoal, or other off flavors here. The lingering finish kept a nice mix of roasted malt and coffee, without the unpleasantly high level bitterness that almost always accompanies this.

M – Full bodied, almost thick, with just the right amount of carbonation. The creamy texture leaves the mouth nicely coated and would earn a 5 if not for the slight harshness from the alcohol, which is inevitable if admirably low with 9.5% ABV.

O: Superb. This finely crafted coffee stout is one of the best examples of the style I have ever tried, better than FBS I think, with an excellent quantity of coffee and balancing sweetness. Highly recommended

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Photo of Kegatron
4.61/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask, via hand pump @ The Farmhouse (Burlington, VT) on 2/19/11. Served in a wine glass. I did this side by side with a cask serving of this beer's base Stout, the Grande Noirceur.

Pours a black with a thin covering of burnt mocha head. This leaves just a light smattering of lacing back but does leave some gooey brown oils dripping down the sides of the glass. This looks identical to the glass of Grande Noirceur sitting next to it. The aroma is literally buzz inducing with coffee. I mean roasted espresso beans just shoot up the nose and stay there. There's a bit of underlying chocolate sweetness and maybe a touch of green citrus present but this nose is just absolutely OWNED by the coffee. This is fantastic smelling!

The taste pretty much matches the nose, and wow man, this is just pure coffee flavor. This is probably the most that I've ever felt in a Coffee Stout. The bitterness from the roast and green citric hops are actually well balanced by those chocolate and caramel malts that are present but man, the parching dry roasted coffee finish on this is one of the more intense that I've ever encountered. I literally had a lingering hazy burnt roast feel hang on my palate for up to a ½ hour after I finished this glass. And it was only a half pour! The mouthfeel is fuller bodied with a mellow and creamy feel up front but then gets much sharper towards the swallow. That bigger ABV here is showing itself a bit here on cask and it's not coming off as hot in any way but does make sure that you take your time with this one.

I love this beer out of the bottle and to finally have this beer cask conditioned off the hand pump was a real treat. I mean, this is about as unadulterated of an experience that you can have with a coffee beer IMHO. The intense combination of the alcohol and roast here on cask was something that I won't forget for a while. Just completely awesome stuff.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a large light brown head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of strong roasted coffee, dark malts, some dark chocolate and a faint touch of alcohol.

T: The taste as expected is very malty and full of black coffee along with some creamy chocolate. It's not as intensely sweet as some other big stouts. There's not much of a hops presence but it's really not needed in this type of beer as it retains a good balance without it. The alcohol is very well-disguised. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is very clean for the style.

D: Very tasty, goes down dangerously easily, slightly filling, strong kick, very good representation of style, this is definitely one of the better coffee-flavored beer that I've had. It's certainly one that is worth sticking with for a long time.

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Photo of Rifugium
4.2/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Capone's, Norristown, PA

'10 vintage, consumed Jan. '12.

Poured an opaque black with a moderate tan head, decent retention and lacing. Aroma of coffee, cocoa, dark malts, some dark dried fruits. Big coffee/espresso taste, but decently balanced with sweet malts, caramel, dark chocolate, hints of dark fruits, ash, and light indistinct spice. Pretty nice. Full-bodied and quite drinkable.

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4.61/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours midnight black with a finger tall mocha head. The head reduces some but about 50% of it is retained. This beer exhibits significant amounts of lacing.

S: Wonderful smell of freshly ground coffee - the coffee aroma with the hints of bitterness. In the background I also detect roasted malts, dark fruit, and cocoa.

T: Starts with the coffee flavor, followed by roasted malts, dark fruit, and hints of cocoa. Hints of caramel and vanilla in the finish. And finally there is a lingering espresso bitterness that turns to coffee over time.

M: Full bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. This beer feels thick and creamy.

O: This is probably my favorite of all of the coffee stouts that I have had. The flavors of the coffee combined with the espresso bitterness, smooth and creamy flavor, and beautiful aroma make this beer special. This is one of the those beers I always want to have. I have had this beer many times in the past and will have it many times in the future assuming I can continue to find it at bottleshops. Very little presence of alcohol in this beer as well.

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